COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$15 million

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: UNICEF

Key documents: Application and program document

The US$15 million grant will help the Ministry of Education:

  • set up a crisis management team
  • provide distance learning programs through radio, television and online education programs
  • ensure psycho-social support to children experiencing stress, anxiety and trauma caused by school closures.
  • re-stocking textbooks in priority locations when schools reopen
  • remedial classes to target students who have fallen behind, including those with special educational needs.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Mozambique received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with planning its COVID-19 response.

Education in Mozambique

Since its independence, the government of Mozambique has viewed education as a fundamental right of all citizens and as essential for the reduction of poverty and the development of the country.

The government has prioritized the creation and expansion of opportunities to ensure that all children have access to, and complete, a basic education of seven years, while at the same time creating conditions for a sustainable expansion of quality post-primary education.

The three main objectives of the education sector plan for 2012-2016 (extended to 2019) are:

  1. To ensure inclusion and equity in access to school and retention by:
    • Improving internal efficiency of institutions, which will lead to an increased number of graduates, diversified teaching modalities and expansion of the provision of education by the private sector.
    • Implementing social support programs such as school feeding and material support for the most vulnerable children.
    • Integrating specific interventions targeting cross-cutting areas including but not limited to HIV and AIDS, gender equity, special needs and inclusive education, the construction of healthy and safe schools,  and school sports.
  2. To improve student learning by:
    • Increasing access to financial, material and human resources that directly benefit schools.
    • Ensuring that teachers are better prepared and supported by investing in teacher training, on-going assessments of student learning, and incentives to encourage better performance.
    • Improving school management through greater attention to the selection, placement and capacity building of school managers; school supervision and monitoring; and capacity building of school councils, among others.
  3. To enhance good governance of the system by:
    • Improving internal controls in implementing the sector's programs and in managing its resources.
    • Strengthening supervision and inspection, and greater involvement of the school councils to ensure accountability and compliance with educational standards and norms.

Even though Mozambique has made significant progress, it still faces many challenges such as low retention, sub-optimal learning environment, and poor management at school level.

Interventions for the next few years focus on promoting:

  1. Local governance of the school through (i) local school ownership, (ii) district level supervision focused on student learning, and (iii) an empowered school principal;
  2. New dynamics in the classroom, mainly through more effective teachers in the first cycle of primary education,
  3. Better use of existing resources, ensuring their availability in school at the beginning of the school year and prioritizing the improvement of basic school conditions.

Source: Operational Plan 2015-2018

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Students listening in class. Mozambique

Students listening in class. Mozambique

CREDIT: GPE/Arnaldo Langa
Development objective: improve access to, and quality and equity of education.
Allocation: US$15,000,000
Years: 2020
Grant agent: UNICEF
Disbursements: US$0

In 2015, the Mozambique education sector support program was restructured and received additional financing from two different grants: a GPE grant for US$57.9 million and an IDA grant for US$50 million, which support the implementation of its education sector plan through the pooled-fund, FASE, supported by 10 donors.

The GPE grant of US$57.9 million helps to enhance early reading, writing and numeric skills. The grant also improves the learning environment and strengthens service delivery through school management, local governance and accountability.

The three components of FASE are:

  1. Improving the quality of education by:
    • Supporting primary education teachers’ training activities, both pre-service training and on the job training
    • Supporting the production of revised primary school textbooks and learning materials to support the curriculum reform
    • Supporting ongoing curriculum reform for primary education, monitoring learning outcomes and promoting action-oriented research.
  2. Strengthening local governance and school-based management by:
    • Increasing the involvement and role of school councils
    • Improving monitoring and supervision at the district level, including reviewing the roles and responsibilities of the district supervisors and designing a manual to systematize and support their work at the local level.
  3. Supporting community-based early childhood development (ECD) by:
    • Providing community-based ECD services in rural areas of selected provinces and districts through the delivery of ECD basic service packages
    • Building technical and institutional capacity.

In Mozambique, the local education group is led by the Ministry of education (MINED) and includes development partners and civil society. The current coordinating agencies are the ministry of education and Ireland.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
COVID-19 2020 15,000,000 0 UNICEF  
Accelerated funding 2020 20,000,000 0 UNICEF  
Program implementation 2015-2019 57,900,000 55,870,000 World Bank Progress report
2011-2015 90,000,000 90,000,000 World Bank  
2008-2010 79,000,000 79,000,000 World Bank  
Sector plan development 2019-2020 260,853 0 UNESCO  
Program development 2019-2020 283,000 0 World Bank  
2014-2015 199,155 200,000 World Bank  
  Total 262,643,008 225,070,000    
Data last updated: July 27, 2020

GPE has also provided the Movimento de Educação Para Todos (MEPT) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Mozambique, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.

Primary Completion Rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public Expenditure on Education as Share of GDP (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers Trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated May 18, 2020